Construction & Certification

1 – Prior to raising steam, all steam boilers must have valid certification. In the case of traction engines, steam wagons etc. valid 3rd party insurance is also required, irrespective of scale.

2 – Visitors running a locomotive must be a member of another Society with associated Public Liability Insurance.

3 – All boilers belonging to TSMEE members will be tested in accordance with the Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies document “The Examination & Testing of Miniature Steam Boilers”, a copy of which is displayed in the clubhouse. All boilers will undergo an annual steam accumulation test. Gas tanks built by the owner will require a hydraulic test repeated every 4 years. Commercially built tanks are supplied with a certificate that satisfies this test for the first four years. In addition, gas tanks will need to undergo a gas test on an annual basis

4 -All internal combustion engine locomotives shall be fitted with an effective silencer.

5 – All locomotives should be fitted with a working audible warning device. As an alternative, the driver may carry a portable warning device.

6 – Trains operating during the hours of darkness must display a red tail light

7 – All Trains must be fitted with a braking system capable of stopping the train with its load within a safe distance in the event of an emergency.

8 – All trains must have couplings of a type and construction capable of safely drawing and stopping stock and loads carried on the railway. They should ideally be fitted with a secondary coupling independent of the first. Both systems shall be capable independently of holding the un-braked weight of the carriages pulled. These couplings should have a type of locking device, to prevent accidental disconnection.